Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

This is my haphazard contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It.

I say haphazard because while I have a variety of photos of various rivers I couldn’t come up with a theme so this is a random selection of photos of four different rivers.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

This is the range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River where it flows into Lake Huron in Southampton, Ontario.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

The River Thames, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben from the south bank, London, England.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

The Sydenham River flows over the Niagara Escarpment at Inglis Falls in Grey County, Ontario.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

The River Dee flowing under the Old Dee Bridge at Chester, Cheshire. Originally the site of a Roman bridge this bridge dates back to a major rebuild in 1387.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of the large flocks of birds I have photographed.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Gulls, mostly Black-headed Gulls, in seemingly random flight over Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire. In this case I suspect that one of the local Peregrine Falcons has spooked them into flight as there’shardly two birds flying in the same direction.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Snow Geese on autumn migration take off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan. I was watching the birds from an observation tower when something, possibly a Coyote on the lake shore, spooked them into flight.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Gulls, mostly Black-headed Gulls, on the move at Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire. In this case something has spooked some of the birds on one side of the roost and they’re flying to the other side.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Lines of Snow Geese flying to roost at sunset in the autumn. These birds are over Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections.

I was considering my post early on Sunday morning when I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise photographing the colour reflected in the bay. The first two reflections that came to mind were both from Saskatchewan in the late 1990s so I decided to add a third photo from around the village of Punnichy.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections

A sunrise partially reflected in the ice on a frozen slough near Punnichy.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections

A Horned Grebe amongst reflections of weathered straw bales near Punnichy.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections

Autumn colour partially reflected in a slough near Punnichy.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Change Your Perspective

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Change Your Perspective prompt.

Patti set the challenge by inviting us to “break the habit of shooting photos at eye-level and change your perspective.”

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge. The first was a selection of photos taken at eye level to the subject which can be vastly different to the photographer’s eye-level. The second idea was a selection of photos where the camera is anything but level, pointing up or down.

I had started selecting photos for my second idea before deciding to combine the two.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Change Your Perspective

Look Up. And don’t be afraid to experiment. Motion blurred tree trunks created by vertically panning the camera during exposure. The extra distortion around the edges of the photo are from using a fisheye lens. Taken last winter on one of my walks around the neighborhood.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Change Your Perspective

Look Down. In this case into a tree filled valley after overnight snow. Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Change Your Perspective

Look Up. And don’t be afraid to experiment again. This photo was made by zooming the lens during exposure. Taken this winter very close to where I took the first Look Up photo the previous winter.

 

 

Sunlit Squirrel.

Eye Level. In this case being at eye level with this American Red Squirrel meant lying in the yard with the lens an inch or two above the grass.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Change Your Perspective

Eye Level. In this case I got to eye level with the Redwing by photographing it from a bedroom window.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

Tina has challenged everyone to a Treasure Hunt for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

It all got a little confusing for me due to various issues unconnected with this blog. In the end I copied and pasted the list of treasure hunt items to a memo as a reminder.

Just to make things even more complicated I also made myself some rules. A set of four photos with two horizontal compositions and two vertical compositions. Also as wide a variety of techniques and subject matter as possible.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

A frozen marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan. This covers the sunset and the cold items of the treasure hunt. I’m assuming -40 degrees is cold enough.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

A yellow bicycle in the snow. This covers bicycle and cold on the list of treasure hunt items. Actually, it’s the shadow of a tree on the shed that makes the shot for me.

 

Weekly Prompts: Home Crafts

Sewing a camera strap. This is for sewing in the list of bonus items.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

A Blue Tit silhouetted against the rising sun. This covers the sunrise and bird items of the treasure hunt.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow.

On reading the prompt my first thought was of canal narrowboats but I had used canals and narrowboats in a couple of posts recently so I decided to go with a different take on the challenge.

I started thinking about some of the narrow streets in some of the remaining medieval portions on some towns and cities. Which got me thinking about the city of Chester with its narrow streets and the city walls that are a mixture of Roman and Medieval construction.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

Eastgate Street looking towards Eastgate with the Eastgate Clock on top.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

This is the walkway across Eastgate and under the Eastgate Clock.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

Walk under the clock and along the wall you come to the Phoenix Tower, it stands on the northeast corner of the city walls.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future.

The prompt got me thinking about some of the natural history subjects I have photographed over the years. Butterfly eggs that will hatch into caterpillars that in the future will pupate and emerge as a butterfly for example.

After coming up with quite a few different life cycles I remembered my photos of the various stages in the development of a Common Frog (Rana temporaria). Some of them were published in a school textbook to illustrate the life cycle.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future

Multiple clumps of Common Frog spawn forms a large mass in a garden pond in Cheshire, England.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future

After a while the eggs in the spawn hatch into tiny tadpoles a few millimetres long. Here, three tadpoles are clustered together on an egg.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future

Over the following weeks the tadpoles grow enormously, this individual is now around 30 millimetres long. It won’t be long before this tadpole starts to develop legs.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future

After a while the tadpoles develop legs, their tails shrink and they emerge from the water as tiny froglets.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future

An adult Common Frog at the side of the garden pond where I photographed the frog spawn and this story started.

 

I skipped a few photos in an attempt to keep the post short.